Children and youth have access to certified quality education, while benefiting from a protective environment. Adolescents and youth are supported to contribute to resilience and social cohesion in their communities, and have expanded livelihood opportunities in line with national legislation.
4.2m children in Syria and 500,000 children in Iraq will be reached by No Lost Generation partners with learning opportunities
Over 1.2m children in Iraq, Syria and refugee hosting countries will participate in structured, sustained psychosocial support programmes
ADOLESCENTS AND YOUTH
Over 1.3m adolescents and youth in refugee hosting countries will access positive engagement opportunities
Syria 12 years on: Fast facts and Figures
Release of our annual report
No Lost Generation is releasing its annual report, covering progress and activities of Phase III from August 2021 to August 2022, notably its regional MHPSS conference, its report on inclusive education for refugees and host communities in Jordan and its event together with Malcom H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center and many other activities.
The report also includes evidence on the impact of No Lost Generation online and a funding gaps analysis of the Syrian Humanitarian Response Plan and the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan.
12 years of suffering in Syria
Humanitarian needs are currently at their highest in Syria and neighbouring host countries, as Syrian families, girls and boys continue to bear the brunt of conflict, violence and displacement, 12 years on. Syria is the world’s largest displacement crisis with more than 13 million people having either fled the country or been displaced within its borders since 2011. With 6.9 million IDPs, Syria is also the country with the most internally displaced people. The humanitarian situation in neighbouring host countries also remains critical. Türkiye hosts the largest refugee population in the world, which includes over 3.7 million Syrians. Lebanon and Jordan are also among the countries with the highest number of refugees per capita globally, including millions of vulnerable Syrian women, men and children residing in refugee camps, informal settlements and host communities.
Advancing Nurturing Care in Humanitarian Settings
An estimated 29 million babies were born into conflict-affected areas in 2018 (UNICEF, 2019). Young children in these situations, particularly those aged 0-5, face compounded risks to their development stemming from multiple adverse experiences which may include exposure to war and conflict, forced displacement, migration, and resettlement in new settings, such as a refugee camp, or integration within host communities.
The ‘double emergency’ induced by the COVID-19 pandemic has only compounded these challenges. To mitigate these risks, an integrated set of crisis-sensitive services across health, including MPHSS, nutrition, education, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), social/protection-related sectors are needed. In alignment with the Nurturing Care Framework (NCF), caregivers, when supported to care for themselves and equipped with the knowledge and resources, are best placed to provide their children nurturing care.
Calling for the renewal of cross-border assistance to Northwest Syria
As the UN Security Council Resolution 2285 authorizing humanitarian actors to provide lifesaving aid to Northwest Syria, UN humanitarian leaders and NGO leaders are calling for a renewal of cross-border assistance for an additional 12 months.
The cross-border assistance is a lifeline reaching 2.4 million people every month in Northwest Syria. Failure to renew the resolution will have dire humanitarian consequences. It will immediately disrupt the UN's lifesaving aid operation, plunging people in Northwest Syria into deeper misery and threatening their access to food, medical care, clean water, shelter and protection.
Brussels VI Conference: NLG Advocacy Brief
Ahead of the Brussels VI Conference - Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region, No Lost Generation is releasing an advocacy brief highlighting that the needs of Syrian children have never been more urgent, despite the decreasing international attention on Syria. 2022 has seen the highest number of girls and boys in need ever recorded.
This brief focuses on the impact of the multiple crises – the conflict, the economic deterioration and the COVID-19 pandemic – on Syrian children and their families in Syria and Lebanon. It describes the challenges children face in pursuing their education and accessing mental health services.
We call for more reliable, multi-year flexible funding is to protect and scale up durable solutions for Syrian children and youth, both inside Syria and in host countries, including early recovery and resilience-focused initiatives. This should include funding to remove all barriers to the education of Syria's children and integrate mental health as a key priority in programs.
Brussels VI Conference: Youth's recommendations
No Lost Generation members consulted with a group of Syrian and Palestine Refugees from Syria adolescents and youths in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Syria to discuss their concerns, suggested solutions and hopes for the future ahead of the Brussels VI conference of 9-10 May 2022.
This brief describes young Syrians' daily challenges in their own words and the impact of the humanitarian response on their lives. They share key messages for the stakeholders at the Brussels conference, asking the international community to keep in mind the children who were displaced ten years ago and who are now young adults searching for better opportunities to develop themselves.
As the international attention shifts away to yet another crisis displacing children, one Palestine Refugee from Syria says it: “We need to act together to support one another, and always welcome those who are feeling violence with an open heart, no matter where they are coming from”.
Our 2022 Education brief
No Lost Generation's Education pillar is releasing its annual brief on the state of education for Syrian children and youth in Syria and the neighbouring countries. The report displays the latest data on out-of-school children and education interventions provided by national authorities and the NLG partners to ensure quality and inclusive learning.
The brief also includes the latest overview of financial requirements for the education sector, as part of Syria's Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP). and the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP).
The latest data available reveals that an estimated 5.6 million Syrian children are engaged in learning opportunities inside and outside Syria. However, with countries grappling to address learning loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic on top of existing barriers, there is an estimated 4 million out of school children in Syria and host countries. Flexible and multi-year funding is required to support resilient and inclusive education system.
EVENT- Eleven years on the crisis in Syria: What does the future hold for Syrian children and young people?
On March 30, the Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Centre, Gallup International/ ORBl, the No Lost Generation (NLG) initiative and UNICEF came together to discuss what the future hold for Syrian children and youth as we marked the 11th year of the crisis. Moderated by Arwa Damon, CNN Senior International Correspondent, the panel - including NLG co-lead UNICEF and NLG member Save the Children - provided an overview of the situation of Syrian children and discussed the best ways to respond to their needs, aspirations and concerns. Watch the recording to learn more about the future of aid in a complex political context and emerging crises.
Syria 11 - NLG statement
As war rages in Ukraine, we continue to be concerned about the safety and protection of the thousands of children who have experienced violence and displacement in the past weeks. At the same time, we should not forget the plight of the millions of Syrian refugee boys and girls who have been facing a similar situation for over a decade now. On this 11th anniversary of the conflict, Syria remains one of the world’s most unsafe places for children. The time is now to reaffirm that their futures remain a priority for the international community as a whole.
Our report on behavioral barriers and enablers to inclusive education
Following No Lost Generation's side-event to the Global Disability Summit on February 17, No Lost Generation is publishing a research report led by World Vision and Mercy Corps on the behavioural barriers to education for children with disabilities in Jordan. World Vision and Mercy Corps with the support of the No Lost Generation (NLG) initiative, conducted a behavioral barrier analysis among more than 250 Jordanian and Syrian parents of children with disabilities in the host community and camp settings. The research explores the barriers and enablers to inclusive education and the key role of parents, teachers and community play in fostering school attendance among children with disabilities.
Statement following the High-Level Officials Meeting
Following the High-Level Officials Meeting in the framework of the Global Refugee Forum (GRF), No Lost Generation co-chairs are calling global leaders to redouble our collective efforts to promote and protect the rights of Syrian children. Between now and the next Global Refugee Forum, Syrian children are at critical crossroads.
The international community must recognize we are facing a protection crisis with unfathomable consequences for Syrian children, and we need to act now to keep them safe from any type of violence.
Renewing our promise to Syrian children
In the context of the High-Level Officials Meeting, No Lost Generation is releasing a series of three doodle videos portraying the stories of displaced Syrian children, highlighting their continuing needs for protection services and educational opportunities.
Anisa, Omar and Saja stories illustrate the shattered childhood of an entire generation of Syrian children.
It is time to step up our commitments to protect Syrian children's present and future.